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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Favoritism (02/28/05)

TITLE: What shall seperate you?
By Opal Berry-Veira


Such an interesting word for such time as this, this has been going on since the beginning of time and nothing has changed since.

Itís everywhere you go. It seems to be the road to getting where you want, and what you want. Favoritism forces people to do more than needed while some people donít have to do anything. Which does challenge the child of God, whether it be at work, school or whatever we find ourselves involved in.

The temptation is there to become like our peers to try and gain that favoritism.
Why? Our circumstances makes, us feel that God hasnít done what we have prayed to him about to find favor with those who we work with. Itís has us upset, disgruntled and even angry with God for not granting what is rightfully ours. I mean after working at a place for a certain amount of years itís due time to get that promotion, or owning your own business. ITíS time to spread the wings of possibility that the word of God tells us that we can do as long he strengthens us and we place our trust in him.

Yet deep down inside, if we are honest with ourselves and God we know that we wish that favoritism wasnít given to someone who we donít like and donít feel that they deserve it. I feel that way at times, but Iím always encouraged by the word of God that our time is not his time. Our impatience that we lose so easily, God still helps us to still smile with those who have been favored then us. HE still allows us to turn the other cheek and let his love help us handle the fact that maybe itís not for us, and there is something better.

But this is not true for most Christians cause they donít believe it themselves. They are selfish and will allow the enemy to work within their hearts to plan and deceive their way just to satisfy the flesh, to get that favoritism, but to whoís gain is it? Is it worth to gain the whole world and lose your soul? Favoritism seems to be given to the wicked more than the good, and it angers us, but we have a choice on how to handle it! We know that God will bless us if we just trust him, we must train our mind to know that he rains on the just and the unjust, he walks neither with the proud nor the scornful.
He loves the sinner just as much as he loves us, and the good thing about it is that he forgives everyone who is willing to accept him into his or her lives.

So, as children of God, letís remember that we are a blessing in the small things that man doesnít see, but God sees it, and when itís our turn to be favored God will give us that, cause man is a channel that God works through and once God places you where he wants in the work, school or wherever you find and see that it wasnít favoritism, but it was favor, big difference isnít it? And you know what, no man can take that from you! Which is the best thing that can happen to any child of God!

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Lynne Gaunt03/08/05
You've packed your article with some really good points. Thanks for giving me such good food for thought:

"Is it worthwhile to gain the whole world and lose your soul?"

God bless you as you serve him.
donna robinson03/09/05
Recently, a favorite nanny friend of mine got an incredible job. I was just so happy for her. But sometimes it seems others, while glad she has it, still seem to be upset that they can't find the same thing. That God has blessed her and why not them! This story reminded me of that. How we should rejoice in the luck and lives of others and that God watches over all of us equally.